Jim Walz Announces Groundbreaking Veteran’s Promise Initiative
Gurnee, IL – 14th district congressional candidate Jim Walz announced his groundbreaking Veteran’s Promise initiative today, a dramatic step towards ending veteran unemployment permanently. The proposal would guarantee any active-duty veteran of the U.S. Armed services the dignity of work, and rebuild our broken economy in the process.
In 2015, there were nearly 500,000 unemployed veterans in the United States. The Veteran’s Promise initiative is the first of its kind nationally, taking bold action to address the unacceptable way that veterans of the U.S. military are treated and ending this problem for good.
“The fact that our leaders allow veteran unemployment to grow unchecked is a betrayal of the sacrifices our veterans make to defend our freedoms” said Walz.
“If we can afford to fight a war, we can afford to take care of the people doing the fighting. That’s not a liberal value or a conservative value, that’s a common-sense American value.”
The program will be funded by reduced healthcare costs from re-employed veterans and savings from a reform of the Department of Defense procurement process.
Walz also noted, “We hear a lot of talk from Rep. Hultgren about holding the Department of Veteran’s Affairs accountable, but I’d say we need to take some action to actually fix the problems our vets are facing, instead of just standing on the House floor and giving speeches.”
To learn more, take a look at the full proposal.
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